Swiss Polar Day 2019

Where: Uni Bern, UniS, Schanzeneckstr. 1, Room A 003   

When: 23 April 2019

The Swiss Polar Day gathers the Swiss scientific community around international keynote speakers active in the Arctic, Antarctic and high-altitude regions. It will also be the opportunity to debate and give inputs on SPI’s activities and future priorities.

The one-day conference is open to all active or aspiring members of the Swiss academic community interested or experienced in polar regions. Students, young scientists and experienced researchers from all fields are warmly invited to network and contribute to the debate!


9:00 – 9:30


Welcome coffee and registration
9:30 – 10:00


Welcoming words and opening speeches by Prof. Konrad Steffen, Prof. Gabriela Schaepman, Prof. Silvio Decurtins


10:00 – 10:30


GLACE presentation by Prof. Samuel Jaccard, Dr. Claudia Frey, Dr. Magdalene Adamczyk


10:30 – 11:30


Keynote 1: Searching for the Oldest Ice – Beyond EPICA by Prof. Hubertus Fischer, University of Bern


11:30 – 12:00


Coffee break


12:00 – 13:00


Keynote 2: Plastic is forever… and everywhere, too – a perspective on Polar Oceans by Prof. Stefano Aliani, CNR Institute of Marine Science, Lerici, Italy


13:00 – 13:10 APECS Switzerland


13:10 – 14:30


Standing lunch
14:30 – 15:00


Presentation of the Swiss Polar science plan by Prof. Konrad Steffen, Prof. Gabriela Schaepman, Prof. Heini Wernli


15:00 – 17:00 Parallel Sessions on the following themes:

Workshop 1: Cryosphere through time (Room A 003 /plenary), Organisation and moderation by Prof. Hubertus Fischer and Prof. Daniel Farinotti

Workshop 2: The carbon, nitrogen, water cycle nexus (Room A 022), organisation and moderation by Prof. Heini Wernli and Prof. Samuel Jaccard

Workshop 3: Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning (Room A-126), Organisation by Prof. Gabriela Schaepman and Prof. Niklaus Zimmermann

Workshop 4: Technology in extreme environments (Room A-122), organisation by Prof. Konrad Steffen and Prof. Fabian Walter


17:00 – 17:30


Closing session by Prof. Konrad Steffen and Danièle Rod
17:30 – 18:00 Networking drink


The registration is now closed. We are looking forward to seeing you in Bern.